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Below is a small offering of resources and reminders that may be helpful to you and your organisation, including some opportunities to connect and share with colleagues.

Dear TNA Members,

The pandemic continues to affect us as individuals and as a sector in profound and unpredictable ways; new struggles emerge and the same challenges persist for months, affecting our mental health, work, finances and relationships.

We want to remind you about some resources that are available, and that there are ways that we can help support each other.

Remember that this ongoing crisis will take a toll, and that it important that you continue to be gentle, take time to care for yourself, and give yourself permission move a little slower than usual.

Please feel free to forward this email onto others.

Warm regards,
Josh, Rani, Steph, Wen-Juenn and Nicole

SUPPORT HOTLINES

  • Support Act Wellbeing Helpline
    General Helpline: 1800 959 500
    First Nations Dedicated Support Line: 1800 861 085
    Manager Support Hotline: 1800 818 728

    This is a free, confidential phone counselling service, available 24/7 to anyone anywhere in Australia who works in the performing arts, or other creative industries.
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
     

CRITICAL STAGES INDIE THEATRE FORUM

Critical Stages are offering a frank and fresh chat about the challenges we’re facing as creative professionals, joined by special guests and arts leaders. Held on Zoom this Monday August 2nd at 5pm, free to attend, open to all. Register here.
 

S2M EXECUTIVE LEADER MEETUPS

TNA is hosting a number of small, informal, online gatherings for executive leaders of small to medium arts organisations. These are an opportunity to see each other once again, and share struggles, challenges, solutions and ideas. We invite you to attend one of the state meetups, and/or a national meetup. Click here to RSVP.

VIC MEETUPS (VIC Orgs only):
Thu August 5th, 1pm
Mon August 23rd, 1pm

NSW MEETUP (NSW Orgs only) – in partnership with Theatre Network NSW: 
Wed August 11th, 1pm

NATIONAL MEETUPS: 
Mon August 9th, 1pm
Fri August 20th, 1pm
 

TOP 3 ARTS WELLBEING COLLECTIVE RESOURCES

If you haven’t heard of it yet, the Arts Wellbeing Collective is a preventative health initiative that promotes positive mental health in the performing arts industry, brought to you by Arts Centre Melbourne. Here’s our top picks:

  1. Mental Health Matinees: a series of one hour webinars presented by mental health experts. Watch previous recordings here, or sign up to the upcoming webinar on Food & Mood here.
  2. Looking after your mental health during COVID-19: a great, short list of reminders on how to prioritise care of your mental health that you may have forgotten.
  3. Back after interval: tips and techniques for leaders, managers and organisations as we return to worksites.
     

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

  • Support Act are still offering financial support to artists and crew working in the music industry, including crisis relief, COVID-19 grants and help with funerals.
  • Services Australia offers support payments for workers adversely affected by a state public health order, currently for NSW, VIC and SA. These have recently been increased. 
  • The Victorian State Government regularly updates this page with a range of available support, including energy bill reductions, food relief, and disaster payments.
  • The NSW State Government regularly updates this page with a range of available support, including a range of business grants and a JobSaver scheme.
     

DEALING WITH UNCERTAINTY

In November last year TNA offered a seminar called Planning for a Future We Can’t Imagine, offering insight from two planning experts, and some tools and further readings. Please find below some of the resources that were shared, which may continue to be useful:

We also encourage you to take some time to revisit some strategies that help us cope with uncertainty during the pandemic.
 

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

  • The Happiness Lab podcast is an examination of what makes us happy based on science and research – really great if you’re a facts and logic person!
  • All About Love: New Visions offers radical new ways to think about love by showing its interconnectedness in our private and public lives.
  • The Mindfully podcast is a short and straight forward – focussing on breathing, and calming the mind to ease you into sleep.
  • Annie Dillard’s The Abundance is a collection of essays on sand, water, and nature: ‘the more nearly spherical is a grain of sand, the older it is. “The average river requires a million years to move a grain of sand one hundred miles,” James Trefil tells us.’

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